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There are clear parallels between Oedipus in the first play and Creon in the third...

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acrudo | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2009 at 8:56 PM via web

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There are clear parallels between Oedipus in the first play and Creon in the third play, Antigone.

In what ways are the two men alike? How does their hamartia play into the tragedies of their lives? Be specific and deal with both men?

 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2009 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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Certainly, there are some very strong parallels between Creon and Oedipus.  The first level of comparison lies in their belief of their own sense of superiority and faith in their own actions.  Oedipus refuses to accept the words of the oracle and of Tiresias, believing that his efforts can overcome his fate.  This is similar to Creon, who never acknowledges that his ruling might have disastrous consequences.  Another level of parallel is that both men endure unspeakable suffering as a result of their tragic flaw, or hamartia.  The idea of both of them having to see loved ones die, learn that they are responsible for their suffering, and undergo a sense of self- punishment for their acts of ignorance is a shared trait in both.

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